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Grant proposals and diversity studies often do not include. I am looking at a recent (two months ago) 80 page study made by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission that is defines diversity as racial or cultural. Artists with disabilities never seriously (if at all) enters into the discussion made by the scholars putting together this lengthy study.
When the % of Women, Blacks, Asians in films and television are listed Actors & Directors with disabilities should be a category. Performing artists with disabilities face enormous challenges. Let film & stage producers know their inclusion policies regarding ALL under represented performing artists, directors, & technicians is being tallied and publicized.
Stage of film producers are not generally aware that they might include actors/singes with disabilities. Grants can insist that auditions include these artists. Often, even if the performing artist with a disability gets auditioned, the producer hesitates -- will a deaf artist need a costly interpreter? Will a wheelchair artist require special accommodations? These challenges can be overcome by private and governmental ...more »
Last year Deaf West Theater went to Broadway with its version (deaf and non-deaf) of the musical "Spring Awakening." Not only was this in itself a cause for celebration, but the cast featured the FIRST wheelchair actress to hit Broadway. The show was nominated for a Tony Award and may tour the country. The only down side to this is that Deaf West has again succeeded with an adaptation. The deaf community needs to tell ...more »
The government via the checks received by many persons with disabilities must recognize that if a person with disabilities chooses a career in the arts that career will often involve an erratic, free lance income that can fluctuate wildly. Often I have seen my friends and students terrified that financial success might jeopardize their ongoing income. The government should applaud rather than punish the efforts of a person ...more »
When Mark Medoff wrote "Children of a Lesser God," he insisted that ANY production of this play must include deaf actors in deaf roles. If you create good professional material (dance, plays, films) you can have some control over its production. What is lacking in the story-rich, talented disabled community is confidence and opportunity. Teachers of play-writing such as myself can form or demand creating writing classes ...more »
Last year Deaf West Theater went to Broadway with its version (deaf and non-deaf) of the musical "Spring Awakening." Not only was this in itself a cause for celebration, but the cast featured the FIRST wheelchair actress to hit Broadway. The show is nominated for a Tony Award and may then tour the country. The only down side to this is that Deaf West has again succeeded with an adaptation. The deaf community needs to ...more »